WOMEN: No Panties?

It was worse than any Christmas rush the department stores had ever seen. From New York City to San Francisco, sales of silk stockings were rationed: usually three pairs to a customer. Guards in uniform were posted to keep order. Customers bought their quota, walked away, then stood in line for hours to buy again. In Denver, women bought $125,000 worth of stockings in two days—enough to provide every woman over 14 in Denver with a pair, at 92¢ apiece.

By week's end, retail stocks were virtually gone. Then the women started in on silk slips and panties, silk socks...

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